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Duty of care

As you will appreciate, the learning and social environment at North Metropolitan TAFE is very different from secondary education.
You and your son/daughter may find it useful to consider the issues and differences outlined below. 

Various policies and procedures outline what you can expect from us, and in turn, what conduct we expect from you. 
Our Students Essentials Guide is a useful resource for understanding some of our policies and procedures.

Note If you plan to enrol you are required to bring along a signed Consent and Health Information  form and your birth certificate to Student Services at any of our campuses. You will also need a Unique Student Identifier (USI) to be able to enrol at North Metropolitan TAFE. This is a number unique to each student and can be used at any training organisation or provider. The USI is available online at no cost and will stay with you for life. This means all your results will be kept in one online account that you control.
www.usi.gov.au

North Metropolitan TAFE environment 
North Metropolitan TAFE is a vocationally oriented adult learning environment. It prepares students for employment in their career of choice and must out of necessity, provide a mature age learning environment to responsibly prepare students for the workforce. At the same time students range in age from mid-teens to retirees and so for some students, the training experience provides a transition from a school environment to an adult employment-focussed environment. North Metroplolitan TAFE must therefore operate as an adult environment and so all students are expected to act in a mature manner.
Parental Consent 
As part of North Metropolitan TAFE's commitment to providing a safe and responsible environment, you are asked to sign and return the attached Consent and Health Information form, confirming that you have read and understood the information contained in this letter and that you consent to your child being a student at North Metropolitan TAFE. 

Signing of the 'Consent and Health Information' form is valid for this course. Each new course enrolment will require the completion of another 'Consent and Health Information' form. 

By signing and returning the attached 'Consent and Health Information' form, parents of students who were born in 1998 or 1999 will not be required to complete a 'Notice of Arrangements' form (Form A). 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this letter or the 'Consent and Health Information' form, please contact our Duty of Care Officer 9427 1190
Consent and Health Information' form

Induction, attendance and absences 
Students will receive a course induction at which a program outline and timetable outlining their scheduled classes/activities will be issued.
We strongly advise that you discuss the timetable with the enrolled student to ensure such things as transport to and from the college and activities between class instructions are constructively used. 

Attendance is recorded in every class. If your child is absent from an entire scheduled on campus class you will be notified within three (3) working days of the absence.
If you change your address and/or telephone contact details please ensure you contact the relevant administration area to update this information. 

If your child is undertaking an apprenticeship you will not be notified of their absence, however,North Metropolitan TAFE will inform their employer of the absence.

Supervision 
North Metropolitan TAFE does not provide direct supervision of students outside of classroom lectures.
Classroom and College Environment 
North Metropolitan TAFE is an adult learning environment with a focus on developing skills to the standard required in the workplace, so this means that: 
  •   Students are responsible for their own learning and are expected to manage their workload, seeking assistance from lecturers when needed.   
  •   Students aged less than 18 years of age may be in classes with adult students (those aged 18 and over). 
  •   Students aged under 18 years of age may be required to work on projects with adult students and this may involve working and communicating with such students outside of normal class or study hours. 
  •   Learning activities at North Metropolitan TAFE are not limited to lessons in a classroom environment and may include: 
          ·    Lectures 
          ·    Tutorials 
          ·    Flexible delivery 
          ·    Online learning 
          ·    Group work 
          ·    Assessments 
          ·    Workshops 
          ·    Seminars 
          ·    Research 
          ·    Project work 
          ·    Work experience/ industry placement/field work/on the job training 
•    Course hours include a wide range of delivery and assessment activities and may not always be used for classroom teaching. 
•    Classes/activities are scheduled for a specific timeframe however if a student is able to demonstrate competency prior to the final class, they may not need to attend the remaining scheduled classes/activities. 
•    Students aged under 18 years of age share College facilities such as the library, canteen and computer labs with adult students. 
•    Some courses are delivered across more than one campus or involve a workplace. In such instances, parents/guardians are responsible for their child's travel arrangements to and from North Metropolitan TAFE and between campuses. 
•    North Metropolitan TAFE courses are scheduled differently from secondary education classes, so there may be lengthy breaks between classes, days when no classes are scheduled and varying class times. North Metropolitan TAFE students are expected to manage their unscheduled time for themselves in a way that optimises their learning experience. 
•    In the event that classes are cancelled, staff will endeavour to inform the students prior to attendance; however, this isn't always possible. In the event that classes are cancelled North Metropolitan TAFE does not provide alternative study options. 
•    If a day time (between 8.00am-5.30pm) class finishes prior to the scheduled time, students will be released from class and will not be supervised. 
•    If a class which is scheduled to finish after 5.30 pm, finishes prior to the scheduled time, the students will remain under the supervision of the lecturer until the scheduled class finish time. If a student indicates that they have their own transportation, or have arranged transportation with friends in the class, a discussion will be held between the student and the lecturer to confirm this and they will be released from class at the earlier time. 
•    Students may be required to complete assessment tasks/assignments outside of their scheduled timetable. Some of these assessment tasks/assignments are undertaken in the community. 
Excursions
 North Metropolitan TAFE will provide parents/guardians with information on excursions prior to the event and written parental consent will be sought for students under 18 to participate in any excursions away from college premises. If parental consent is not given, your child will not be able to attend the excursion and North Metropolitan TAFE will not provide an alternative supervised activity. 

Students may be required to make their own way to excursions in these situations; you will be responsible for organising transport to and from excursions for your child.

Health & Safety 
North Metropolitan TAFE strives to provide an environment that supports the health and wellbeing of all of our students.
We will: 
•    Follow the relevant OSH policy, guidelines and practices. 
•    Provide first-aid assistance to students. 
•    Provide assistance and if necessary arrange for qualified medical personnel in case of an emergency. 
•    Promote a friendly and inclusive environment where bullying and any form of harassment are not accepted. Any student experiencing bullying or harassment of any kind should inform a North Metropolitan TAFE staff member immediately. 
•    All relevant staff will have a Working with Children Check subject to the Work with Children (Criminal Record Checking) Act 2004. 
•    Implement the Emergency Response Plan in case of an emergency. 
•    You will be contacted if your child is seriously injured. 

If you would like to discuss any concerns regarding the health care for your child, please contact our Duty of Care Officer on 9427 1190

Insurance 
Students are not covered for Personal Accident whilst on campus. 

However, North Metropolitan TAFE does hold cover with the Insurance Commission of WA (RiskCover) that provides Personal Accident cover for students who are undertaking unpaid work experience that is allocated or arranged by North Metropolitan TAFE. 

Personal Accident cover is also extended to those students attending any official college camp, excursion, trip or other similar activity (excluding sports days other than interstate sporting events, carnivals or national championships) which is approved and organised by North Metropolitan TAFE. 

The onus is placed on the parents in relation to whether they arrange their own Personal Accident insurance or private health cover for their child and it is strongly recommended that all students obtain personal insurance and ambulance cover. 

General 
North Metropolitan TAFE staff and students are expected to: 
•    Be aware of relevant policies, procedures and instructions. 
•    Comply with these policies, procedures and instructions. 
•    Take reasonable care of themselves and others at North Metropolitan TAFE. 
•    Read and take note of the Student Code of Conduct. 
Page last updated September 01, 2017